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    Why Humean Constructivists Should Become Kantian Constructivists.Sem de Maagt - forthcoming - Philosophical Explorations:1-14.
    One of the main reasons for philosophers to have embraced Humean constructivism rather than Kantian constructivism is a negative one: they believe that in the end Kantian constructivism is an unsta...
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    It Only Takes Two to Tango: Against Grounding Morality in Interaction.Sem de Maagt - 2019 - Philosophical Studies 176 (10):2767-2783.
    Most Kantian constructivists try to ground universal duties of interpersonal morality in certain interactions between individuals, such as communication, argumentation, shared action or the second-person standpoint. The goal of this paper is to present these, which I refer to as arguments from the second-person perspective, with a dilemma: either the specific kind of interaction that is taken as a starting point of these arguments is inescapable, but in that case the argument does not justify a universal principle of interpersonal morality. (...)
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    Korsgaard’s Other Argument for Interpersonal Morality: The Argument From the Sufficiency of Agency.Sem de Maagt - 2018 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21 (4):887-902.
    Christine Korsgaard’s argument for the claim that one should not only value one’s own humanity but also the humanity of all other persons, ‘the publicity of reasons argument’, has been heavily criticized and I believe rightly so. However, both in an early paper and in her most recent work, Korsgaard does not rely on controversial, Wittgensteinian ideas regarding the publicity of reasons, but instead she uses a different argument to justify interpersonal morality, which I will refer to as ‘the argument (...)
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  4. Reflective Equilibrium and Moral Objectivity.Sem de Maagt - 2017 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 60 (5):443-465.
    Ever since the introduction of reflective equilibrium in ethics, it has been argued that reflective equilibrium either leads to moral relativism, or that it turns out to be a form of intuitionism in disguise. Despite these criticisms, reflective equilibrium remains the most dominant method of moral justification in ethics. In this paper, I therefore critically examine the most recent attempts to defend the method of reflective equilibrium against these objections. Defenders of reflective equilibrium typically respond to the objections by saying (...)
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    In Defence of Fact-Dependency.Sem de Maagt - 2014 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (3-4):443-462.
    G.A. Cohen and David Estlund claim that, because of their fact-dependent nature, constructivist theories of justice do not qualify as moral theories about fundamental values such as justice. In this paper, I defend fact-dependent, constructivist theories of justice against this fact-independency critique. I argue that constructivists can invoke facts among the grounds for accepting fundamental principles of justice while maintaining that the foundation of morality has to be non-empirical. My claim is that constructivists ultimately account for the normativity of fact-dependent (...)
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    Can Person-Centered Care Deal with Atypical Persons?Sem de Maagt & Ingrid Robeyns - 2013 - American Journal of Bioethics 13 (8):44-46.
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    Academische Filosofie = Publieksfilosofie?Fleur Jongepier & Sem de Maagt - 2016 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 108 (2):239-243.
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    Justice for Earthlings: Essays in Political Philosophy, David Miller. Cambridge University Press, 2012, Vii + 254 Pages. [REVIEW]Sem de Maagt - 2014 - Economics and Philosophy 30 (2):245-251.
  9. Recensie Marc Slors: Dat had je gedacht! Brein, bewustzijn en vrije wil in filosofisch perspectief Amsterdam. [REVIEW]Fleur Jongepier & Sem de Maagt - 2012 - Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 104 (4):306.
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